There may not be many truths in fly fishing, but here is one: you can't catch a fish if you can't get a fly in front of it. Thanks to the most accurate and versatile 5-weight we've ever created, that problem will disappear forever. Whether you're slinging lead toward an undercut bank or dropping tricos in a glass-calm tailout from 50 feet away, the 905-4 Helios 2 will perform with precision, sensitivity, and brute force when necessary. Lighter in hand and stronger than the original Helios, you'll be able to fish longer, fish harder, and feel the difference a superior rod makes. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont.
Why would we take the world's best fly rod and change it? The answer is simple. We're driven by constant improvement. Put this rod in your hands and feel the rush. You'll completely understand.
20% stronger than the original Helios 20% lighter in hand 100% increase in tip-impact strength Fine-tuned tapers for unrivaled tracking, accuracy, and lifting power
Overall: 4.9 / 5 based on 23 reviews
21 of 23 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Helios 2 5-weight 9' Fly Rod—Tip Flex -
By: Mcp8181 from tucson, az.
I spend a lot of time researching before picking the 905-4 Helios 2 and I was not disappointed. It is the first high end rod that I have own and one of the best looking rods too. Forgot about the looks the first time out with it because of the way it feels and the accurate is unreal. Just stated getting into casting streamers and this rod handle them just as good as smallest dry or nymphs. I fish from a float tube a lot and being lower to the water and shoulder replacement that only give 50% uses of the shoulder, it makes it a little hard to cast for me. With this rod it’s not a problem at all. I will be taking a motorcycle trip from Az. to the upper part of Michigan and planning on fly fishing all the way there very soon and this rod will be going with me. Also the Orvis App. help me get a license in any state I am in. Thanks Orvis
Love the "touch" -
By: QKSLVR from Newfoundland, Canada
I've just retired after 39 years as a dental surgeon.. My new Helios2 gives me tactile feedback like I've grown to expect from my favourite instruments. It's so much fun to drop that dry fly in front of Mr. Trout, effortlessly. Thank you Orvis.
super rod -
Great action and can even take a bit heaver line, if needed.
Outstanding Upgrade -
By: DCG9 from Tolland, CT
I recently upgraded to a Helios 2 after using a mid-level Orvis Rocky Mountain 5wt mid-flex rod for about 15 years. Although I love my old rod, the difference between this rod and my previous are night and day. The Helios 2 was very fun to cast behind the Orivs store, but there are a few things in particular that stood out once I got it on the water: Precision - I was able to place the fly EXACTLY where I wanted. In fact, I didn't realize how imprecise my old rod was until I fished with the new Helios 2. Tighter loops - I suspect this is partially due to the difference between a mid- and tip-flex rod, but my loops are much tighter, allowing my to get into and under tighter lies. Mending - My mending skills seemed to improve ten-fold. Not only was I able to mend more accurately, but I was able to throw the entire line above the fly, then perform a second mend closer to me to account for slower current, all without disturbing the fly. Backbone - The new Helios 2 is significantly stiffer than my old rod, which has allowed me to more easily bring fish to net, especially with a long leader. I highly recommend casting this rod when you get a chance. You won't be disappointed.
Smartest purchase ever -
By: CodyPerson from Memphis, TN
Well, i purchased my 9ft 5wt Helios 2 to fish for trout all over the Ozarks, paired it up with a Mirage Reel and im golden, couldn't be happier with it, the rod shoots line beautifully and with amazing accuracy, never have i had so much confidence in a rod until now. Casting is a dream. Its everything that you would expect from a wonderful company like orvis. Great warranty aswell
one great rod -
By: gonfishn from Western Pa.
I bought this rod because I have never owned a rod that was a flex tip. All the rods I own are either a full flex a mid flex. So I thought it was time to try a tip flex. I received this rod with two feet of snow on the ground but I couldn't wait so out in the back yard I went. I was really impressed but I wanted to see what it would on the stream. Well I finally got to try it and was even more impressed. I have never cast a pair of nymphs with a couple of split shot on with the accuracy the this rod gave me. The feel of the strike was instant and hook set was just as fast. I can't wait to see what it will do with a size 16 dry or even smaller. So far one great rod period.
Amazing Difference -
Just purchased and used my new Helios 2 fly rod (9' 5wt.) Amazing power and sensitivity. In the East I fish mostly small streams and rod has performed with extreme deftness. Will take West in the fall to fish the Henry's Fork and Madison. No doubt that it will exceed my wishes on the bigger waters.
Best mousin rod out there -
By: Otch from Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
Top 10 Contributor
I bought this rod to fish for big brouwns at night with a mouse. It is perfect for the task. It is light enough to cast all night, and strong enough to strip in a 25" brown with no problem.
By: Jhagee from Colorado
My new favorite rod...so light and cast effortlessly...I love it.
Amazing, but a reason for 4 star -
I write this review as someone who has somewhat sold my soul to "another" rod company which I do enjoy. The first time i gave this rod a whip/wiggle, I knew it was special and immediately starting gloating my profound and positive opinion in review of it. My friend (owner of the new rod) and close fishing buddy had just picked out the Orvis H2 9' 5wt. tip flex. I had an opportunity to fish it a mere hour into our float after my initial handling of the rod. Words are difficult to find, to describe the casting, presentation/accuracy, line control and fish fighting abilities of this rod. (I was very fortunate to be presenting and sometimes skipping sofa pillows to attuned browns during a pretty amazing salmon fly hatch). Later I bought one of my own and was as blissful as the first time. This rod has all the attributes in its own right of the ultimate do-it-all fly rod. Accurate, smooth. It's unbelievable in every way (except looks which mean nothing to me), in all but one component. It is not as durable as you may be lead to believe. Orvis is currently rebuilding a tip section for my rod and so far the customer service has been on point. It's been one month and I'll be checking in with them tomorrow to check progress. I don't know the status of the rod yet. In conclusion, this is an absolutely all around amazingly high performance rod, but not in 10 years of my preferred brand of choice or any other has a tip broke in my hand during dis-assembly. My advise is, buy that H2, just treat it as gingerly as a baby and do not twist on, and twist off in the opposite direction the ferrules like other rod companies may suggest. Torsional strength is not something this rod excels at, and to be honest, that's not what the rod is designed to do. (especially for how light it is by design). Slide the ferule on straight, pull it off straight, mind the pressure and I think life will remain great. Buy one, you most likely will not regret it.
|Best in Class, as judged by the Gear Institute, 2012|
|Recipient of an Editor's Choice Award from Fly Fusion magazine, 2012|
|Winner of Fly Fisherman magazine's Best New Rod Series award, 2013|
|Winner of Men's Journal Gear of the Year Award, 2012.|
|Winner of American Angler's Gear of the Year Award as one of the best new fly-fishing products chosen by the magazine's editorial staff.|
|Recipient of "Recommended for 2013" award from Trout & Salmon magazine.|